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A constitution in crisis? No—it is working just as it should

Events in parliament and the courts have been dramatic. But for every constitutional reaction there has been an equal and opposite reaction to maintain the balance

By Adam Tomkins   November 2019

Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

There is no constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom. There would be had the constitution broken down but, thus far, it is rising to all the challenges Brexit has thrown at it. Amid political crises, and this is certainly one, parts of the system are prone to push harder than normal, but the stresses can be managed as long as other parts push back equally hard—and so it has proved. In this way equilibrium is retained. September’s historic Supreme Court ruling that the prime…

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